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Canadian Songwriter Challenge

The Canadian Songwriter Challenge is a Music PEI and Bell Media initiative in its fifth year and is part of the annual Canadian Song Conference (CSC), taking place in partnership with 2019 ECMA. The 2019 Canadian Songwriter Challenge activities will be held from April 30th to May 5th, 2019.

The 2019 edition of the Canadian Songwriter Challenge expands on the initial program within the CSC. This year’s Canadian Songwriter Challenge will pair six Atlantic Canadian songwriters with peers from across Canada. These songwriters will spend April 30th and May 1st co-writing and recording demos at selected professional recording studios on PEI, with May 2nd held to finalize mixes.

In the following days, the songwriters will have the opportunity to pitch their songs to a panel of delegates, including music supervisors, publishers, labels, and other industry professionals from Canada and further abroad. Participating artists will also have an opportunity to pitch their own catalogue of songs. These are not critiquing sessions but more like a sales pitch session with the goal of securing new business opportunities.

The artists will also have a performance opportunity featuring all the pairs of collaborators in concert during the conference.

Music PEI conducted a juried submission process for Music PEI members for this event, and partnered with ECMA, the Atlantic Canadian music industry associations (Music NS, Music NB and Music NL), as well as Music BC, Alberta Music, Sask Music, Manitoba Music, Music Ontario, and MFM Northern Ontario to select participating songwriters.

The 2019 Canadian Songwriter Challenge artists include:

Catalogues of past Canadian Songwriter Challenge collaborations are available:

2018 Canadian Songwriter Challenge on Soundcloud
Josh Carter (PEI) & Shaun LB (NB)
Catherine MacLellan (PEI) & Reeny Smith (NS)
Russell Louder (PEI) & Steph Copeland (ON)
Amanda Jackson Band (PEI) & Alexandria Maillot (BC)
Alicia Toner (PEI) & Sean Panting (NL)
Danny Drouin (PEI) & Shantaia (SK)

2017 Canadian Songwriter Challenge on Soundcloud
Meaghan Blanchard (PEI) & Gabrielle Papillon (NS)
Andrew Waite (PEI) & Ross Neilsen (SK)
Rachel Beck (PEI) & Jordan Alexander (ON)
Dennis Ellsworth (PEI) & Tyler Gilbert (SK)

2016 Canadian Songwriter Challenge on Soundcloud
KINLEY (PEI) & Carleton Stone (NS)
Dennis Ellsworth (PEI) & Andy Brown (NB)
Tim Chaisson (PEI) & Brianna Gosse (NL)
Dylan Menzie (PEI) & Kashka (ON)

2015 Canadian Songwriter Challenge on Soundcloud
Coyote (PEI) & Dan Mangan (BC)
Meaghan Blanchard (PEI) & Tim Hus (AB)
Tim Chaisson (PEI) & Jay Semko (SK)
Ashley Condon (PEI) & The Small Glories (MB)
Dennis Ellsworth (PEI) & Donovan Woods (ON)


» Submissions for the 2019 Canadian Songwriter Challenge are now closed. Submissions for the 2020 Canadian Songwriter Challenge will open in Fall 2019.
» Canadian Songwriter Challenge Guidelines

Call for Submissions: Recording Studios

Music PEI is seeking professional recording studios and engineers to participate in the 2019 Canadian Songwriter Challenge, a part of the 2019 CSC. Each participant must:
  • Be located on Prince Edward Island
  • Host a pair of songwriters from Sunday, April 28th to Tuesday, April 30th
  • Provide professional quality space and equipment
  • Provide two professional quality demos by Tuesday, April 30th at 6:00pm

Compensation will be discussed with selected recording studios. Submissions will be accepted until Friday, March 1, 2019.

Recording Studio submissions for the Canadian Songwriter Challenge at the 2019 CSC are now open. Submit now!

Music PEI will announce more details as they are available. For more information, please email Cynthia MacLeod, 2019 CSC Team Leader, at